College lecturer exposed as spy in S. Korea

Spy arrests the world over this week: While alleged Colombian spies were being arrested in Venezuela, across the ocean, South Korea has arrested a man they believe to be a North Korean spy. The man in question is a college lecturer referred to by the authorities only as Lee; he has been accused of sharing information with the North about South Korea’s military ops and infrastructure.

37-year-old Lee was allegedly recruited by the North Koreans when he was studying in New Delhi, India in 1992. He visited North Korea’s capital Pyongyang twice and has received about $50,000 in total for his espionage efforts.

But how does a college lecturer get his hands on classified information, you want to know? Apparently Lee stole info when he was a member of a government group – the National Unification Advisory Council. He also got his hands on sensitive military data when he was in the army in 2001, serving as a troop information and education officer.

It seems Lee used his spying funds to pursue further education – the prosecutor referred to him as “a (North Korean) scholarship student and spy.”

Lee it turns out is certainly in good company – since Korea was divided into its North and South components in 1948, South Korea has found over 4,500 North Korean spies in its midst.

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